Ireland reports highest number of daily cases
Ireland has reported its highest number of daily coronavirus cases since April 15 as the country negotiates Europe’s second wave.
There were 1,012 new cases on Saturday, which is almost double the average for the past week.
The highest number of COVID-19 cases reported on a single day was 1,068.
Last Monday the Irish government banned indoor restaurant dining nationwide and limited the number of visitors to people’s homes.
Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, says he is very worried about the numbers and how quickly they are deteriorating.
“I am very worried about the numbers we are seeing and how quickly they are deteriorating,” Dr Holohan said.
“The 14-day incidence rate has increased from 108 per 100,000 last Sunday to 150 per 100,000 today, which represents a 39 per cent increase.
“All of the important indicators of the disease are deteriorating … Case numbers are growing across all age groups and throughout the country.”
In addition to the 1,012 new cases in the Republic of Ireland, there were an additional 902 in Northern Ireland, leading political party Sinn Fein to call for cross-island cooperation.
“We need an urgent all-island response – cross border testing and tracing and maximum alignment. This is a time for joined-up action, cooperation and solidarity,” a spokesman said on Twitter.